March 2, 2016

Chart 39: Mrs. Anderson, Block #66 in the Farmer's Wife 1930s Sew Along

We had already made the Mrs. Anderson block when the publisher's corrections arrived, so I'll just share the process we went through to make the block. It worked very nicely.

Since these are 6-inch finished blocks, we decided to use measurements that were as easy as possible. The center square and sashing strips should finish at 1-inch wide and the squares with diagonal patchwork in each corner should finish at 2-1/2 inches square. You probably have already used From Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Template Set S for several blocks. Piece 101a in Set S is perfect for cutting the 16 small triangles. Make sure the hypotenuse is on the lengthwise grain. The edges of the units are very vulnerable to stretching.

Set Q is both "optional" and Wonderful!

Set Q, the 2-1/2 inch square basic set, Product #8212, is barely used when making this quilt. However, if you own it, Q-93 is perfect for squaring-up the corner units!  If you don't own it, we can provide dozens of reasons why you might decide you will. For example:

Using Set Q is a great way to get a real understanding of the grid system that most patchwork blocks are designed on: 2 x 2 (2 squares across and 2 down), 3 x 3 (3 across and 3 down), 4 x 4, etc.

Or use Set Q with Set T and Set R to make quilts in Five is Fabulous, Volume 5 in the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks.

If you love sampler quilts, you will love making the 15-inch blocks for Aunt Sukey in Volume 5. This quilt measures 79-1/4 x 104 inches, finished.

Here Set Q was used to make the blocks for a wallhanging made by Brenda Asmuth:

My Mrs. Anderson Block

Click on the image for a larger view. Click the link below to download the Chart for cutting and making Mrs. Anderson:

In addition to our template conversion PDF download, you will want to read Gnome Angel's tutorials for these blocks.

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt: Inspiring Letters from Farm Women of the Great Depression and 99 Quilt Blocks That Honor Them by Laurie Aaron Hird for Fons & Porter/F+W.


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